Current Updates and Information for RPOS & Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Two overarching goals focus the RPOS project: A) Implementing the 10 frameworks of the Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS) in Manufacturing Production pathway as well as other CTE pathways statewide and, B) Improving Educational Alignment between Secondary and Postsecondary Partners.

By Martin Kollman on 4/24/2013 10:42 AM
One of the main components of CTE, in the State of Kansas, is the opportunity for students to have meaningful career exploration that can help direct them with their Individual Plan Of Study (IPOS), selecting a pathway in CTE, post-secondary opportunities and the certification/credentials they will need to attain a career of their choice.  This can be met through the awareness opportunities that comes at the elementary level, online career exploration at the middle school level, or actual job shadowing or real-world experience at the high school level.  All of these are key components to helping students identify areas of interest and the requirements to enter into a career area before making the transition to a type of post-secondary education or available job opportunities. Read more on what other states are doing to improve their own career exploration in High School.  READ MORE . . .
By Martin Kollman on 4/17/2013 1:18 PM
Cincinnati.Com - Written by Denise Smith Amos

Some educators are bracing for what is expected to be a major shift in teaching and learning under the Common Core State Standards. The standards call for a greater focus on nonfiction material and more reading, writing and vocabulary lessons in social studies and science courses. In social studies, that could mean reading the U.S. Constitution, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from the Birmingham Jail and other historical documents, while science courses could include reading scientific journals. READ MORE . . . .
By Martin Kollman on 4/8/2013 10:23 AM

One way to curtail a wandering mind during class: more testing

By Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Boston Globe Staff

You are sitting in a classroom, listening to a lecture. The subject may be something that you find genuinely interesting. But at a certain point, attention erodes. The information begins to wash over you. Nothing sinks in. 

One remedy, according to a study led by Szpunar, may be to sprinkle tests and quizzes throughout a lecture. Szpunar and colleagues found in the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that interspersing videotaped lectures with quizzes improved students’ ability to stay focused, take relevant notes, and learn material. Read More . . . . .

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